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Watchdog Finds OSHA Injury Reporting Woes, Limited Enforcement

Feb. 18, 2021, 9:56 PM

Fewer than half of all employers are complying with OSHA injury and illness reporting requirements because of the agency’s outdated notification methods and near-toothless enforcement, a federal watchdog said.

The Government Accountability Office said that of the estimated 459,000 employers that should have electronically filed OSHA reports, called Forms 300 and 300A, for 2019, only 46% complied. That’s better than 2017, the requirement’s first year, when the response rate was 35%.

The GAO findings released in a report Wednesday also said OSHA has limited procedures for encouraging compliance and for penalizing employers that don’t comply. Of the estimated 724,000 employers ...